Patents Assigned to Coors Brewing Company
  • Patent number: 7785641
    Abstract: A method of keeping an alcoholic beverage in an open topped vessel cool, said beverage comprising a water content and a dissolved gas content, and said method comprising forming ice in the beverage in the open-topped vessel said ice having a cooling effect on the beverage, said ice being formed in the beverage from water of said water content.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2005
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2010
    Assignee: Coors Brewing Company
    Inventors: Simon Daniel Scullion, Peter Thomas Foster, Stephen Paul Smith
  • Patent number: 7552593
    Abstract: Draft beverage is cooled in a cooling water tank in a cooling unit under a drinks bar. It is then cooled in a thermoelectric cooler, and transferred to a font in pipe which is surrounded in a water jacket of cooling water from the tank. The water jacket is connected to a further water jacket for a tube of cooling water which is also supplied to the font for cooling a glass into which the beverage will be dispensed. The waterjacket keeps the beverage in the pipe cool, but above freezing point, when it is static prior to dispense.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2003
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2009
    Assignee: Coors Brewing Company
    Inventor: Stephen Paul Smith
  • Publication number: 20080264093
    Abstract: An insulated and refrigerated beverage transport line provides enhanced temperature control of one or more beverages conveyed through the transport line. A plurality of coolant lines carrying a re-circulated coolant makes contact with the one or more product lines. One or more empty lines, referred to as packers, may be placed between the coolant lines and the product lines to provide a dimensionally stable and tight group of lines that are bundled together. An external insulation is provided over the bundle of lines to further enhance insulation for the beverage being transported through the product lines. At least one dedicated coolant return line may be placed remote from the other lines. The dedicated coolant return line carries the highest temperature coolant found in a beverage transport system. Independent and separate insulation of this dedicated coolant return line prevents inadvertent heat transfer to the one or more product lines.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 27, 2007
    Publication date: October 30, 2008
    Applicant: COORS BREWING COMPANY
    Inventor: Kevin Winters
  • Publication number: 20080178607
    Abstract: A beverage dispense font incorporating a portable cooling device is provided wherein the portable cooling device cools an outer housing of the dispense font in order to encourage ice formation on the dispense font. Unique visual effects can be obtained with ice formation on the outer housing of the dispense font, and the portable cooling device therefore enables independent cooling of the outer housing without redesign or modification of the existing glycol cooling system used to cool the dispensed beverage. The portable cooling device can be inherently small in size due to relatively minimal cooling capacity requirements for cooling just the outer housing of the dispense font. The dispense font and portable cooling device may be moved from location to location thereby greatly enhancing the capability to provide a frozen-appearing dispense font to many locations.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 30, 2007
    Publication date: July 31, 2008
    Applicant: COORS BREWING COMPANY
    Inventors: Lynette S. Schneller, David Milliken, Kevin Winters
  • Publication number: 20080169297
    Abstract: A double walled container is provided for insulating a beverage. An outer insulating shell or container is secured to the inner container that holds the beverage. A gap exists between the outer container and inner container and the air in the gap acts as an insulating barrier. The inner container is preferably a standard aluminum container. The outer container is preferably made from aluminum or a plastic polymer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 12, 2007
    Publication date: July 17, 2008
    Applicant: Coors Brewing Company
    Inventor: Jason M. Kelly
  • Publication number: 20080110854
    Abstract: A container is provided with integral gripping features. The gripping features are preferably provided in two opposing groups located on opposite sides of the mid-section of the container. The gripping features include a plurality of finger grips that are adapted to conform to the placement of the thumb and fingers when grasping the container. The finger grips are elliptical shaped cavities, and ridges extend between each of the adjacent finger grips.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 30, 2006
    Publication date: May 15, 2008
    Applicant: COORS BREWING COMPANY
    Inventor: Jason M. Kelly
  • Publication number: 20080110853
    Abstract: A container is provided with multiple surface depressions for enhancing the insulative properties of the container. The surface depressions are tightly grouped, and a label placed over the surface depressions results in a greater surface area of the label that is suspended over the depressions as compared to a surface area of the label that is in contact with the exterior surface of the container. The air gaps or chambers defining the space between the applied label and the surfaces of the depressions provides an insulating air barrier to better maintain the beverage in the container at a desired temperature. The surface depressions may also be used alone without a label to provide insulative benefits. The surface depressions may be spaced and sized such that, under normal grasping conditions, the consumer's hand does not penetrate the entire depth of the depressions, and an air barrier is still maintained between the consumer's hand and the exterior surface of the container.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 14, 2006
    Publication date: May 15, 2008
    Applicant: COORS BREWING COMPANY
    Inventor: Ray Alan Toms
  • Publication number: 20080113127
    Abstract: An insulative label is provided for a beverage container to reduce heat transfer, particularly heat transfer by conduction from a consumer's hand to the beverage container. The label comprises a dual-ply construction, with a grid pattern placed between the layered materials. Preferably, the label comprises a film base layer secured to the container, the grid pattern comprising an ink and varnish mixture printed over the film base layer, and a laminate top layer secured to the film base layer. Air is trapped in the gaps or spaces between the protrusions created by the grid pattern, and the trapped air insulates the container.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 14, 2006
    Publication date: May 15, 2008
    Applicant: COORS BREWING COMPANY
    Inventor: Ray Alan Toms
  • Patent number: 6698467
    Abstract: A system for strengthening containers in a high-speed filling operation is disclosed. The system includes a solenoid-driven injector apparatus positioned at an angle to the containers being filled. The injector apparatus includes a chamber connected via an intake line to a supply tank. A solenoid is adapted to open an injector valve, allowing liquefied gas within a chamber to forcibly flow through an outflow line into the container. The solenoid is also adapted to close the injector valve, thereby blocking the liquefied gas within the chamber from entering the outflow line. The injector apparatus also includes a heater positioned adjacent to the outflow line and an adjustment device for the injector valve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2003
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2004
    Assignee: Coors Brewing Company
    Inventors: Robert H. Schultz, Christopher S. Derks, Elizabeth J. McTeer
  • Patent number: 6668734
    Abstract: A pallet for supporting a load of packages is disclosed. The pallet includes a support structure comprising flexible film wrapped around at least one of the layers of the load. The flexible film is wrapped around two axes which are generally perpendicular to one another and preferably located within the same plane such that the flexible film covers at least a majority of the layer(s). The pallet also includes a base positioned adjacent to the support structure which is adapted to receive forks of a forklift. The base may have an elongate tubular configuration and be constructed from a disposable/recyclable material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2002
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2003
    Assignee: Coors Brewing Company
    Inventors: Philip J. Lucas, Leo W. Mayer
  • Patent number: 6659144
    Abstract: A system for strengthening containers in a high-speed filling operation is disclosed. The system includes a solenoid-driven injector apparatus positioned at an angle to the containers being filled. The injector apparatus includes a chamber connected via an intake line to a supply tank. A solenoid is adapted to open an injector valve, allowing liquefied gas within a chamber to forcibly flow through an outflow line into the container. The solenoid is also adapted to close the injector valve, thereby blocking the liquefied gas within the chamber from entering the outflow line. The injector apparatus also includes a heater positioned adjacent to the outflow line and an adjustment device for the injector valve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 24, 2002
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2003
    Assignee: Coors Brewing Company
    Inventors: Robert H. Schultz, Christopher S. Derks, Elizabeth J. McTeer
  • Patent number: 6631803
    Abstract: A beverage cooler box is provided which is intended to receive ice or other cooling means to keep containers packaged therein cool. The box is made of a material which is impervious to liquid which may be contained within the box during use. The box includes folding end panels which extend continuously between adjacent front and rear panels; therefore, there are no seams or breaks in the material around the lower portion of the box which might degrade the ability of the box to hold a liquid. Also disclosed is a method of assembling the cooler box.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2001
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2003
    Assignees: Coors Brewing Company, Graphic Packaging Corporation
    Inventors: Terrance E. Rhodes, Brett Lee Schuetz, Michael Christopher Cruz, Patricia O. Shibata, Lee Buxton, Patrick B. Edson, Raymond Scott Kastanek, Gary Lawrence Gresge, Stephen Mark Kaczmarek
  • Patent number: 6584805
    Abstract: A glass bottle production line comprising a bottle mold which has a plurality of mold cavities arranged in a predetermined order for forming bottles from glass parisons and for transferring the bottles to a conveyor in a predetermined sequence corresponding to the predetermined order of the mold cavities. The conveyor has a hot end portion and a cold end portion for receiving bottles from the bottle mold at an elevated temperature at the hot end portion and conveying the bottles to the cold end portion. A hot bottle inspector located at a fixed inspection station along the conveyor at the hot end portion non-touchingly inspects the bottles as the bottles are conveyed past the inspection station by the conveyor. A mold transfer signal and bottle detection signal are processed to determine the mold cavity used to produce the bottle detected at the inspector's station.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 1998
    Date of Patent: July 1, 2003
    Assignee: Coors Brewing Company
    Inventors: John William Burns, Dennis Ray Erickson, Jack Devin McKeehan, James Allen Gulka
  • Patent number: 6505656
    Abstract: A system for strengthening containers in a high-speed filling operation is disclosed. The system includes a solenoid-driven injector apparatus positioned at an angle to the containers being filled. The injector apparatus includes a chamber connected via an intake line to a supply tank. A solenoid is adapted to open an injector valve, allowing liquefied gas within a chamber to forcibly flow through an outflow line into the container. The solenoid is also adapted to close the injector valve, thereby blocking the liquefied gas within the chamber from entering the outflow line. The injector apparatus also includes a heater positioned adjacent to the outflow line and an adjustment device for the injector valve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2002
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2003
    Assignee: Coors Brewing Company
    Inventors: Robert H. Schultz, Christopher S. Derks, Elizabeth J. McTeer
  • Patent number: 6473171
    Abstract: A biocompatible flow cytometry system such that low levels of bacteria or other particles in a sample will not adsorb onto the system's surfaces. The biocompatible flow cytometry system comprises an upper chamber assembly. The upper chamber comprises a biocompatible input system, a means for retaining and adjusting the biocompatible system, a sheath fluid input port, and a means of interfacing with a glass tube. The interface between the biocompatible system and a glass tube allows for the low level contaminants to be irradiated with a laser source selected to interact with marked bacteria and cause them to fluoresce at a wavelength that can be detected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 1999
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2002
    Assignee: Coors Brewing Company
    Inventors: Daniel A. Buttry, Guoying Chen
  • Patent number: D463289
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2001
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2002
    Assignee: Coors Brewing Company
    Inventors: Joseph R. Haake, Patrick B. Edson, Steph H. Goss
  • Patent number: D464264
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2001
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2002
    Assignee: Coors Brewing Company
    Inventors: Patrick B. Edson, Ambryn Headley, Joseph R. Haake, Frank L. Shriver
  • Patent number: D475926
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2002
    Date of Patent: June 17, 2003
    Assignee: Coors Brewing Company
    Inventors: Kevin R. Rusnock, Ray A. Toms
  • Patent number: D490703
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2002
    Date of Patent: June 1, 2004
    Assignee: Coors Brewing Company
    Inventor: Kevin R. Rusnock
  • Patent number: D670748
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2012
    Assignee: Coors Brewing Company
    Inventor: Iain James Sabberton